As long as you promise not to read between them.
Please bare with me.
This may not make sense...
So I went to Beyonceworld message board yesterday.
You know what Beyonceworld is...
It's that place where you lurk and steal Beyonce pictures, news, and gossip, then turn around and ridicule the same people you got them from.
So I went there and the first topic says "Beyonce Stans Suck"
At first I thought it was a "hater", but it wasn't.
So I read...
And it was very true.
Beyonce stans do suck...
With corn around the rim.
Allow me to explain.
I remember the first time I heard "Crazy In Love".
5 years ago
At this time there weren't a lot of blogs or Beyonce message boards.
We didn't have a lot of leaks.
We just had to keep the radio on and hope we heard it.
They played it and had listeners call in and rate it.
You know... "Kiss it or dis it" /"Pump it or dump it"
9 People liked it
1 person didn't.
Since that day in 2003 when I heard Crazy In Love Beyonce has gotten so far and beyond the realm of typical R&B chicks.
She's become a worldwide megastar
And that's a double-edged sword.
When you become so famous and well-liked by such a wide group of people it becomes harder and harder to please all of them because they all want something different and they have different musical backgrounds.
Beyonce does have fans who understand.
They understand that the all-female band are a group of talented musicians not a group of backup dancers holding instruments. They understand what movie the "Get Me Bodied" video came from, and who Cyd Charisse is, who Alvin Ailey is, and how Beyonce has incorporated them into her work.
They understand that music did not begin with Beyonce.
But she also has a lot of fans whose musical knowledge goes no further than what video is #1 on 106 and Park.
And those fans fuck it up for everyone.
They mean no harm in their ignorance, but sometimes the weakest, most uneducated members of a group become the stereotype by which ALL members of that group are judged.
Not to say that I don't care what people think about her.
If I didn't I wouldn't have started this site.
In the 5 years since I first heard "Crazy In Love" the internet has gotten so far and beyond the realm of simple entertainment.
They went and fucked up and gave us blogs.
To have successful blog, you have to believe that you are saying something
unique or bringing a perspective that no one else has. However, there are really no credentials needed to have a blog.
You can have an entertainment blog that's not very entertaining.
You can have a music blog with absolutely no concept of the history of the music that you report on.
Beyonceitis was born from a genuine frustration.
And I think the overall philosophy can be summed up with this phrase:
You don't really have to like Beyonce, but don't sit and ridicule her when nobody cares about your favorite artist.
The concept of a fictional blog wasn't new. There were fictional blogs before.
The concept of a humor blog wasn't new. There were funny blogs.
The concept of a Beyonce blog wasn't new. Damn near every urban blog is a Beyonce blog. If you don't believe me go to your favorite blog (yes, that one) and go to the comment section of any random story and type CTRL+F (or APPLE+F on a Mac)
Type in "Bey" and just look at the number of times her name is brought up in conversations that have absolutely no fucking thing to do with her.
For better or worse she's under our skin.
And that's what Beyonceitis was about.
I'm conducting a scientific study.
Any day now the singles will leak.
I'm going to see if how much I like them as a fan, and not a critic
How much I like them without having someone else tell me how I feel about them
How much I like them without having to defend them
Or argue about them
I'm going to see if after 5 years on the internet
If I will just be able to enjoy the music.
If everybody's a critic
Who's going to be a fan?
I want to take a break from the charts, album sales, ticket sales, and go back to the days when I didn't know shit about shit.
And everything was a surprise.
I would rather listen to the songs, understand what she's trying to do and hate the songs than not understand it and just like it because other people like it.
I'll let you know how that turns out
Of course the people who need to read this won't.
They are too busy starting petitions because they didn't like the length of Beyonce's dress at Fashion Rocks.
I can't change people's ignorance.
The best I can do is change me...
Thanks to the press who have covered the site.
Thanks to the blogs who have shown love.
Thanks to all of those who like it.
Thanks to all of those who hate it.
Thanks to all of those who like it and won't admit it because it's Beyonce-related.
I don't really have any exclusive news.
I have no "inside scoop"
I don't know any celebrities you care about.
I don't know any rappers' baby mamas...
CORRECTION: I don't know any FAMOUS rappers' baby mamas.
(But I can tell you all about this rapper named Young Food Stamp and his chick... she's a real whore, but we'll talk about that later.)
I've asked, and I've asked but Monica won't let me take pictures of her shopping at Ikea.
I don't get any exclusive interviews or leaks...
All I do is make up stories... (the only difference is that I've never tried to pass them off as news)
But you still stop by and read
And I have sincerely appreciated it.
Maybe one day I'll be famous and someone will make up funny stories about my family
Apparently Beyonce's people saw the site a long time ago.
I'm not 100% sure what they think of it.
I guess they liked it, we didn't get shut down.
I'm not sure if Beyonce has seen it.
I hope she does and understands it for what it is
And what it isn't.
Hopefully she'll see the love, the hate, the arguments, and take it all as a compliment.
A sign of the effect that she has on people...
Maybe she'll find it funny...
I bet Jay-Z would find it funny...
What do you think?